Nineteen years ago, hip-hop lost a pioneer in Christopher Lee Rios, better known by his stage name, Big Pun. On Feb. 7, 2000, Rios passed away after suffering from a massive heart attack in a White Plains, NY hotel room. Prior to his passing Pun was on his way to becoming one of the most impactful personalities in music. Now, Los Angeles-based streetwear collective, PLEASURES, is honoring the South Bronx-native with the Big Pun x PLEASURES Capsule Collection.
The Greatness That Is Big Punisher
Many casual hip-hop fans are unaware that Big Pun was originally introduced into the commercial realm of hip-hop by way of Fat Joe. Pun appeared on Fat Joe’s sophomore musical offering Jealous One’s Envy on the track Watch Out featuring Armageddon and Keith Nut. It wasn’t too long following his performance on “Watch Out” that his notorious multi-syllabic flow and flawless lyricism made him hip-hop royalty.
Punisher’s debut studio album, Capital Punishment, allowed him to become the first Latino rapper to receive a certified platinum album. Unfortunately, Big Pun was not able to savor the success of his second studio album, Yeeeah Baby (2000), due to his untimely passing. However, he has become forever immortalized in hip-hop history.
The Big Pun x PLEASURES Capsule Collection
The good brothers and sisters at PLEASURES are blessing the masses with multiple garments celebrating the life and times of Big Pun. The Big Pun x PLEASURES Capsule Collection features t-shirts, long-sleeve tees and hoodies. The capsule features various images of Pun throughout his illustrious career centered on the back and front of the apparel.
Some tees feature ‘Air Pun’ logos featured at the left breast pocket of the t-shirts. Others feature varsity-esque calligraphy draped across the chest in classic New York Knicks hues, while odes to the Bronx rapper’s legacy take on a commemorative memorial t-shirt aesthetic on some of the pieces offered.
Ranging from prices of $40-$44, the Big Pun x PLEASURES Capsule Collection is available at the PLEASURES’ website, here. Check out the collection for yourself in the gallery below. Lastly, drop your thoughts on the Big Pun x PLEASURES Capsule Collection in the comment section.